Interactive Art

I just returned from a trip to Columbus, OH.  One of my favorite towns!  Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a contemporary art exhibit at Hopkins Hall Gallery of Urban Arts Space called Open This End featuring artwork by Andy Warhol among others.  I found it serendipitously and went on a whim.  I’m so glad I did!

The art itself was interactive, often in 3-D or containing some audiovisual component.  But this exhibit went a step further and constructed a framed background where viewers can create their own selfie and thus become a piece of art, even if for only one moment in time.  Making a personal statement is encouraged.  As an artist, I love this concept!  And I just had to participate in the fun.  The results are posted here.  Enjoy the mini art show by yours truly 🙂

If you have a chance, I highly recommend stopping by the exhibit.  But hurry!  It’s only on display until tomorrow.  Check here for details.

Portrait of an Artist

Artist discovers she’s in a painting but is unsure how she feels about it…

Artist rejects the notion of being viewed as artwork.

 

 

A Reflection Beyond Words

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m feeling grateful.  As I mentioned before, my artwork and poetry were recently exhibited at an art show, Beyond Words, in Toledo, OH.  Opening night was a flurry of excited guests, yummy treats, and delectable artwork.  I enjoyed taking my family and friends around to see my work.  I also had the opportunity to overhear feedback on my art, reminding me of the days when I shared my poetry in front of a crowd at an open mic.  I even met some of the artists that collaborated with me.  One of them chose to write a piece to go with my artwork, Bamboo with Red Bird, because she, too, has an affinity for Japan and even lived there for a period of time.

Then came the icing on the cake.  We attended the awards ceremony.  Two of my poems received second place.  What made this especially gratifying was that the poems were compared to a specific style reminiscent of a famous writer.  I had never much thought about my style in regards to poetry.  Apparently, I have one…or two 😉  My poem, Suffering from Poetic License, received second place for the T.S. Eliot Award: Modernist in style with a range of techniques.  Another poem of mine, Whose Musing, received second place for the Mark Twain Award: humorous or social commentary.  At the end, they announced the People’s Choice Award, which went to a poem written in response to my watercolor collage painting, Giraffes on Reserve, pictured above.  Hooray!

Now, awards are a bonus, but not why most artists, including myself, make art.  We do it because we love it.  Because we have a need.  It fills us up.  We feel alive.  It helps us make sense of the world and hopefully helps others, as well.  As I said in my previous post, making a connection is the best part about participating in an art exhibition like this one.

How will you connect with the universe this holiday season?

 

Beyond Words Art Exhibit in Toledo

 

I’m excited to announce that some of my artwork and poetry are being exhibited in an art show at the McMaster Center gallery of the downtown library in Toledo, OH from now through Sunday Nov. 2. There are over 200 entries by 72 artists.

The exhibit features paintings, poetry, short stories, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and even jewelry.  What makes this show unique is that it’s a collaboration, so each piece of art is paired with writing by a different artist.  In other words, one piece was inspired by or created in response to another.

At the opening reception last night, the master of ceremonies mentioned that this show is one of the only collaborative exhibits of its kind in the nation.  Ben Malczewki, one of the jurors for the art show, gave a statement about the exhibit.  “This exhibit wonderfully captures what diversity and voice and community means to art, and that together, we are more than we could be alone.”

I have four pieces of art and three poems in this exhibition.  The most exciting part for me was to see the artwork and writing paired with mine.  As an artist, you don’t always know the impression your work makes on another person.  It’s especially gratifying to see that response depicted through art.

If you’re in the area, you should come check it out!  And if you’re in the market for a new piece of art to decorate your home or office, you’ll find many of the pieces are for sale.

 

 

Postcard Art for Charity

postcard art for charity at #twitterartexhibit in Orlando

Here’s a look at some of the postcard art displayed at the #twitterartexhibit in Orlando.  All of these works have been donated from artists around the world to benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students.  Postcards are still available to purchase online until April 11th.  The postcards have a set price of $35 plus $7 for shipping and 100% of donations go to the above named charity.

My entry is posted on the bottom right, 4th one over at the top.  You can view and purchase it here.  You can also check out other amazing postcard art for purchase.  See my previous post for further details.

#twitterartexhibit 2014 in Orlando

hand-dyed paper, collage, and ink

I’m very excited to introduce a new piece of art that will be part of an international group art exhibition in Orlando, FL this year.  This show features postcard art from all over the world and will benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students.  It runs from March 20 – April 11, 2014.  You can check out the awesome entries online.

Although there is no theme, some people chose to honor the art of dance.  I originally titled my piece Japanese Fans.  But do you notice anything special about the fans?  First of all, they’re all cut from different paper, symbolizing the unique identify of each individual.  What about the placement of the fans on the postcard?  Do you feel a sense of movement?  Like they might just dance off the page?  I hope so!  That’s why I decided to rename them Dancing Japanese Fans.  But for the exhibition, they will be labeled with the original title.  That way the message will be open for viewers to interpret.  Whatever people take away from the piece is fine, but I hope they will see that despite our differences in appearance and ability, we are all united by dance 🙂 

As to the process, I wanted to reflect my connection to and affinity for Japanese culture.  The fan shapes were cut from papers that I hand-dyed myself using liquid watercolor and a Japanese folding technique.  Then I created a collage with the fans and added ink as a final touch.  Voila!

The Japanese Fan Dance has been around for centuries.  Although the fans originally represented high social status, they now symbolize friendship and are often exchanged as signs of good will and respect for one another.    

Japanese fans are considered highly symbolic, with the handle of the fan representing birth and the blades symbolizing many possible paths in life.  What path will you take in life?  Will you hide behind your fan?  Consider letting your unique self show and maybe even dance!

Tour of My Mindwork Art Exhibition

Greetings 🙂  Can you believe it’s the end of October already?  I hope many of you had a chance to see my recent art exhibit at the Troy Public Library.  But if you didn’t, don’t fret!  You can still take the virtual tour now.  Enjoy!  (Don’t forget to let your mind wander…)

Mindwork honors the mind as both creator and creation.

That’s all for now…  Until next time!

Mindwork: My Art Exhibition at Troy Library

Greetings 🙂  I’m excited to report that my artwork will be showing at the Troy Public Library for the month of October.  It was a lot of work putting together, but I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  It’s a combination of work, some adult and some children’s illustration.  If you’re in the area, you should come check it out!

I’ve been talking a lot about bucket lists lately.  Speaking of which, I can cross one item off my list.  In a recent post, I offered a tour of Denise Fleming’s Story Park, which features her work at the Toledo Library.  I mentioned that it’s a dream of mine to have my work displayed in a library.  I guess some dreams do come true…especially when you make them happen!  What dream will you make happen?